There are approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States that serve an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals each year. Still more find themselves in need of the services that are provided by local rescue groups.
These cats, dogs, and other companion animals end up in shelters and rescues through no fault of their own. And there are a number of reasons that these pets end up there. But if given a second chance, these wonderful animals will make fabulous family pets.
National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week is also a great way to thank the people who work tirelessly to find loving homes for these homeless animals.
PLEASE DONATE LOCALLY
Your local animal shelters and rescues desprately need your help. They are on the front line of the battle to save pets in need. In order to provide homeless pets with this much needed help they count on all of us to donate our money, resources and our time.
We’ve all seen the TV advertisments. But contrairy to popular belief, the Human Society of the United States doesn’t do much of anything to help homeless pets. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States has no connection of any kind to ANY local shelters in this country. The only thing they DO have in common is the two words “humane society” in their name!
They do however collect donations from people like you and me. They make us think that we are giving our hard-earned money to them so they can help local shelters. But that’s NOT the case. They’re real good at tugging on our heart strings in their advertising. So good at it it fact, that they collected $131 million in 2010. $131 million that could have, and should have gone directly to help the local shelters that really needed it. But tax records show that they actually offered up less than 1 percent of their donated budget to local pet shelters or humane societies to help them care for homeless animals.
So if you really want to help homeless and abused pets, you need to give your donations locally. The HSUS does not house or adopt out any pets. They are for the most part a political lobbing group.
HELPING HOMELESS PETS LOCIALLY
Shelters and rescues are always in need of towels, toys, treats, cleaning supplies and food for the animals they care for. Every shelter and rescue group has a “wish list” on their website. Please take a look at the list and give what you can. And ask your family, friends and colleagues to do whatever they can as well. Every little bit helps.
Tough times effect us all, so If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation you can still help. You can help by taking a few moments to send an email, make a call, or stop by your local shelter or rescue to thank the people who work tirelessly to care for the homeless animals in your community.
If you are considering a new family pet, be sure to adopt it from them. If you have an adopted pet, send the organization an updated picture to let them know how well your pet is doing! Just a minute of your time can make a huge difference.
If you’re not in the market for a new pet, you can still make life better for homeless pets in your area by volunteering at your local shelter or rescue organization. They can always use an extra hand.
Another great way to help is to be sure that your pets have an identification tag or a microchip. This can not only insure that your pet will be returned to you if it gets lost, it will also save the shelter or rescue presious resources that could be better used on a real homeless pet.
Lastly, have your pets spayed or neutered. Unwanted pets make up the bulk of the shelter’s inmates.
Help us celibrate National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week this year. Do whatever you can to help homeless pets in your area.
- Adopt a Shelter Pet, You’ll Be Glad You Did! (iowadogtrust.wordpress.com)
- Gary Weitzman, DVM: A Moment in the Sun for a Dog No One Wanted (huffingtonpost.com)